|SpaceX commercial supply spacecraft launched to space station.
On October 8, 2012 at 00:35 UTC (October 7 at 8:35 p.m. EDT) the "Dragon” (CRS 1) unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral US Air Force Station in Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by NASA specialists and the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The "Dragon” was orbited by the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier.
It is the first commercial flight of a Dragon unmanned supply spacecraft to the ISS of 12 contracted flights by SpaceX to resupply the space station and marks the second trip by a Dragon to the station, following a successful demonstration mission in May 2012.
The capsule is packed with about 450 kg of cargo, including experiment hardware, a freezer, spare parts, clothing and food. Taking advantage of the freezer, ice cream was included, a rare treat for space crews. It is also carrying 23 microgravity experiments designe
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|Five microsatellites launch from ISS.
On October 05, 2012 five micro satellites were launched from the board of the International Space Station.
The satellites, small enough to be held in the palm of the hand, were transported to the space station by the Japanese "Kounotori 3” unmanned supply spacecraft in July 2012.
Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and other astronauts conducted the first-ever operation to launch the satellites using a robotic arm. They finished the task at 15:44 UTC.
3 (WE-WISH; RAIKO and FITSAT-1) of the 5 satellites were developed by Japanese companies and universities. The Fukuoka Institute of Technology made a satellite which uses light-emitting diodes to send messages in Morse code to earth. The 2 other satellites (TechEdSat and NanoRacks) are belonged to NASA.
The satellites will orbit earth for about 100 days and eventually disintegrate when entering the atmosphere.
|US launched a GPS satellite.
On October 4, 2012 at 12:10 UTC the "Delta-4M” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral US Air Force base in Florida, USA. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the GPS 2F-3 navigation satellite.
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